China is a land of many wonders – ancient and modern, natural and man-made. This hugely popular tour is a comprehensive journey through China’s most iconic sights from the magnificent Great Wall to the mighty Yangtze River.
Savour the natural grandeur of the Three Gorges on a relaxing Yangtze River Cruise – just one part of a wonderful tour that also includes China’s enthralling cities of Shanghai, Xian, Beijing, and of course the unforgettable Giant Pandas of Chengdu.
From international Shanghai and the pandas of Chengdu to the imperial highlights of Beijing and all the dramatic landscapes in between, relish the historical, cultural and natural delights of China on this comprehensive trip.
The Forbidden City is the most visited museum in the world, with 14 million annual visitors
The Palace was home to 24 emperors – 14 Ming and 10 Qing
It is said that there are 9,999 and a half rooms in the complex – only God would be entitled to 10,000 rooms
The roof tiles of the majority of the Forbidden City are yellow, which was the official colour of the Chinese emperors
The roof of the library has black tiles to symbolize water to protect the books from fire
The huge studded red gates throughout the complex have nine gilded door nails per row – 9 implies the supremacy of the emperor and represents heaven
There are over a million artefacts within the Forbidden City
The soldiers who stood guard within the imperial palace had to be exactly same size so they were perfectly uniform when they marched
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